Happy St. Patrick’s Day: Drink Like a Famous Writer!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, readers! Today’s post shall be short and sweet so you all can get back to drowning yourself in green beer and pinching your non-green-clad friends and neighbors.

Ever wanted to drink like a classical author? These drinks may not be green, but here are some recipes for cocktails that these writers are famous for consuming:

Screwdriver – Truman Capote

Capote is pretty known for drinking screwdrivers. Luckily, these drinks are ridiculously easy to make–even in your inebriated state.

  • Vodka–amount to your liking. (I like half and half)
  • Orange juice
  • Orange slices for garnish, if you’re so inclined.

Pretty much just pour everything into a glass and enjoy.

The Gimlet – Raymond Chandler

Chandler’s novels frequently feature characters drinking these concoctions. This recipe is taken straight from The Long Goodbye:

  • 1/2 gin
  • 1/2 Rose’s lime juice

I’m assuming some mixing and/or shaking is involved, but hey! Alcohol!

Mint Julep – William Faulkner

Faulkner’s home of Rowan Oak in Oxford, Mississippi has the recipe for Faulkner’s famed favorite drink as such:

  • Whiskey
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Ice
  • A sprig or two of crushed mint.

Serve in a metal cup.

Mojito – Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway was a known heavy drinker, but his famed drink is the mojito. The invention of the mojito is credited to the La Bodeguito del Medio in Havanna, Cuba, which Hemingway frequented often.

  • 6 fresh mint leaves
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tsp of light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 oz of white rum
  • 3 oz champagne*
  • Garnish with sprig of fresh mint

Mix the mint leaves with sugar and lime juice, then add rum. Fill glass half full with ice, and top off with champagne and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

*Normally mojitos are made with club soda, but supposedly Hemingway preferred them with champagne. Because more alcohol is always better than less alcohol, right?

Vesper Martini – Ian Fleming

James Bond’s famous go-to drink, as stated by the character himself in Casino Royale. Drink like a British spy!

  • 3 measures Gordon’s Gin
  • 1 measure of vodka
  • 1/2 measure of Kina Lillet
  • garnish: a large, thin slice of lemon peel

Shake very well until ice cold, then add garnish.

Enjoy, and stay safe out there today. 😀

-Eris

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4 thoughts on “Happy St. Patrick’s Day: Drink Like a Famous Writer!

  1. I am passing from the A to Z where I am helping behind the scenes this year, I would just like to say good luck and I will be back in April all being well. . . . I seem to be rather busy at present I dont think that was meant to happen. . . . .

    Rob Z Tobor

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